I'm making a series of Disney inspired necklaces for all my friends, and I found these adorable ideas on etsy using "handblown glass orbs" with little items in there (snow globes, seeds, beads, etc!) however I'm having a ridiculously hard time finding any, and even any information on how to put the items in there!
So first step/question - where can I find these little guys? I'd prefer the ones where you can put bead caps on both ends of the bead. Second question - I don't see any large holes in the pictures I've found, where do I fill the glass "orbs" with the item of my choice? Thanks!!
Thanks for all of the advice! I absolutely plan on learning everything and anything I can learn about it, because I COMPLETELY agree. I want it to be as safe and professionally made as possible. I probably won't be using any of my own recipes for a very long time either!
I'm going to try out the Hot process and see how it goes, and I might do some fun melt and pours but there's lots and lots of research to be done yet thanks!!
Awesome, thanks! I peeked at Hot Process but I didn't look at it as much as CP and melt and pour. I -thought- the melt and pour looked a little more fun and arty, I wasn't really fond of how they kind of looked clear and not quite so handmade as I'd like, so I'm glad to know I was kind of right!
I'm sure I'm far far away from being close to getting things started but once I get everything figured out, I'm sure I'll pop on over to the selling board, thanks so much!!
So I've been lurking on soap sites for what feels like forever now, I've been scanning recipes and reading up on tutorials, checking out suppliers, read the getting started threat etc but I still feel like I'm in the dark about a few things!
My ultimate plan is to maybe sell some soaps at my gym. I train at a mixed martial arts gym, and I was kind of inspired by Defense Soap - a soap company thats kind of aimed towards fighters, especially since hygiene is extremely important - gotta avoid MRSA and staph infections, yuck! BUT - their scents are limited, and as a girl I'd love to have some variety in soaps, and I'm sure the guys would buy into it!
Here's my little problems/questions
1. Cold process or melt and pour? -I'm semi-impatient and I'd like to see my end product - especially since curing takes awhile from what I've read and I don't want to wait 4-6 weeks to have a million messed up batches until I get it right. But - can I still add things melt and pour soaps to make them really nice? Like - should I just buy a shea butter M&P base, or can I add shea butter to another base?
2. For those of you that sell, how long did you practice making soaps before you got it perfect and felt like it was ready to be sold? I don't want to do a half-job and not be 200% ready! I want something simple, looks nice, smells great and makes you clean!
Sorry, I wasn't entirely sure what part of the board to post this in, but is there a way to remove the glaze on polymer clay? More specifically....my lid wasn't screwed on right and I spilled it on my husbands car seat! Now, he's out of town for a bit but I need to get it off right away. It's hardened and dried up, and I chipped some of the thicker pieces off but it's on cloth/suede and I don't want to mess the seats up.
Is there any chemical that will break it down? Nail polish remover? Paint thinner? Hopefully without removing the seat. Thanks!!